The Next Big Thing
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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our second intake of 2018 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Asiel Adan Sanchez, Jamie Marina Lau, Magan Magan, Melissa Manning, Stephen Pham and Christian Taylor.
Readings will be our bookseller at this event.
Asiel Adan Sanchez is an organic, gluten-free, vegan, single origin, ethically sourced gender fluid. They may be found in late-night hospital shifts writing lines of poetry in between melancholic insulin orders. Born and raised in Mexico, their work is an attempt to reconcile culture, race, gender and sexuality. They spend their free time kissing boys and crying in public.
Stephen Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta. He is an original member of SWEATSHOP Writers' Collective His work has appeared in Overland, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Sydney Review of Books. In 2018, Stephen received the NSW Writer's Fellowship from Create NSW to commence work on his debut manuscript Vietnamatta.
Jamie Marina Lau is a multidisciplinary artist and the author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island. With explorations focusing on language, Jamie's work meditates on a landscape exploring dis-location of culture and space. Her second novel Gunk Baby will be published in May 2020 with Brow Books.
Christian is a Melbourne-based actor, writer and theatremaker. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice (2014). His theatre investigates the nature of grief, physical ritual, the limitations of language, and phenomenological performance, and he is fascinated (perhaps morbidly so) by speculative environmental literature.
Magan Magan has read his work at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and Melbourne Poets Union. His work has been published in Hyde magazine, Melbourne Writers festival, literary arts journal Offset, Cordite Poetry Review and anthologies Shots from the Chamber and Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry.
Melissa Manning’s short fiction and literary non-fiction has been widely published, including in Award Winning Australian Writing, Best Small Fictions (US), To Carry Her Home (UK), Overland, the Big Issue, and Tasmania 40°South.
Veronica is the Wheeler Centre’s Programming Manager.
She is the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Previously, Veronica was co-host of Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture. She has also been a board member and program manager of the Feminist Writers Festival, Prize Manager of the Stella Prize, and Online Editor of Kill Your Darlings.
The Next Big Thing takes place every month at the Moat and is a cherished Melbourne institution. It's the place to be if you want to hear great emerging writers read from new and adventurous work.
Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow's best and brightest literary stars.